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Meeting with Heritage Lottery Fund

Published: Wednesday, 12th April 2017

An update on meeting with our main sponsor

As our main funder for the Oxford’s Hidden Histories project, we keep in regular contact with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). They need to ensure that the projects they fund are for the benefit of the public and having a catch up meeting, like the one held on the 21st of March, gave us the chance to share what we have been doing. Some of the team, including consultants and designers, travelled to London to present our ideas for the project along with proposed building work and activity.

The team met with our HLF case officer for the project and gave a presentation which included some of the most up to date design proposals, the type of activity we will be offering, our fundraising planning as well as our business and management and maintenance plans. Of course, of key interest to HLF were the stories and objects we will be talking about in the new museum and how these will be interpreted for audiences.

The presentation was positively received. They responded well to the architectural designs as they felt they would produce good visitor flow through the museum compared to what is currently in place. They also liked that the windows in the basement would be opened up again as well as the positioning of the retail space to assist with income. With interpretation, the actual content of the museum, they considered this was going in the right direction in bringing out the 'hidden' histories and stories of the people of Oxford. HLF were also interested in hearing more about the archives within the building.

This is an exciting time in the project. We are moving from architectural RIBA stage 2, which is the concept design, to stage 3 which is the developed design. When these developed designs are drawn up, we will be able to come back to you and share them.